U.S. Inmates Made Thousands of Defective Combat Helmets

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Federal inmates made thousands of defective combat helmets for the U.S. military at a prison facility that was rife with problems that included use of degraded armor and the submission of preselected helmets for inspection to make sure they would get approved, says the Justice Department Inspector General, the Washington Post reports. Faulty helmets were made by Federal Prison Industries (FPI), for both the Army and Marine Corps under a $30 million contract in 2006 for the Army’s Advanced Combat Helmet.

The Army in 2010 recalled 44,000 helmets, including some in use in Afghanistan, citing an open federal investigation. Army officials said at the time that the recall was issued after the Justice Department informed them that there was evidence that some of their helmets were produced using unauthorized materials and practices that could reduce protection for U.S. troops in combat.


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